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this is "world news." tonight fear and bravery. what happened inside the building as the workers were taken hostage by terrorists? incredible stories of those who made it out. flu news, we learned today when the epidemic may be over. and how many people in this crowd, on inauguration day are going to walk away sick? lance talks to oprah. did lance armstrong help himself or make it worse last night? was he really telling the truth? and girls night. after the try yump, their message for shy children everywhere. they're our persons of the week.
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good evening. on this friday night as we come on the air, the drama is still playing out in the desert. the workers, including americans taken hostage by terrorists with ties to al qaeda. the algerian army is still trying to end the dangerous showdown. we are hearing harrowing stories from those who managed to get out alive. martha raddatz is overseas following every new twist in this story tonight. martha? >> reporter: diane, we now know that one american is dead. the family has been notified. as this bloody assault intensifies. algerian special forces moving in, trying to end this stand-off with the terror group once and for all. >> reporter: the assault tonight is a deadly mission. the gas plant has been ringed with explosives by the hostage takers, not to mention all that gas. it's a dangerous mix. images tonight on arab tv of the
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carnage. numbers are fluid. one report saying 12 hostages have been killed and more than a dozen of the terrorists. aside from the one american who was killed, a small number of other americans believed to be at the facility are unaccounted for. but american officials are sending a strong message. >> those who would wantonly attack our country and our people will have no place to hide. >> reporter: once militants stormed the complex, they smashed down the doors of the residential building, in a hunt for americans and other foreigners. another witness described to the "new york times" terrorists shooting a european in the back while other hostages watch period. steven fen mcfaul of irltd reportedly described to his family how he escaped president kidnappers had him in a convoy of vehicles when the algerian army bombed them. his car was hit, but in the chaos he made a run for it along
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with others. >> i'm just glad to be out. some colleagues are still is there at the moment. >> reporter: many others who managed to escape this terrible ordeal are here in europe at military bases or on their way in u.s. military aircraft. but so many more remain unaccounted for. diane? >> martha, thank you. now to the new staging ground for terror. we want to show you where we think al qaeda splinter cells are separating tonight. take a look ap each of those dots is a smaller operation. the bigger ones are in somalia, niger nigeria, and mali, where the mastermind behind this crisis has taken sanctuary. brian ross has been tracking him. where does it stand? >> mr. mock tar bell mock tar is now being hunted. his group has said they planned this attack for two months and
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considered it a big success. as we heard from secretary of state panetta and fenton today, the u.s. will not rest until they track him down and bring him to justice. >> what. >> does the u.s. do about the splinter cells across africa? how do you track them across the continent? >> it's a huge, vast continent, and very few resources for the u.s. as we've seen on this map. we have u.s. assets in italy and djibouti. djibouti is approximately 2,800 miles, the difference between new york and san francisco. going after anybody there would be difficult for the u.s. they plan to do it in conjunction with the french who are already in the country. brian ross, thanks so much. now, we turn to the giant interview everyone was talking about and debating today. oprah winfrey and chan champion biker lance armstrong. more than three million people watched trying to gauge his
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confession, his remorse. neal karlinsky studied armstrong's answers and we wondered, did he finally tell the truth? >> reporter: if lance armstrong's goal in talking with oprah was a shot at redemption, he may have just taken a big step backwards. >> i view this situation as one big lie that i repeated a lot of times. >> reporter: but investigators say, even now, he's still lying. one of the biggest, armstrong told oprah he stopped doping in 2005. >> you did not do a blood transfusion in 2009? you did no doping or blood transfusions in 2010? >> absolutely not. 2009 and 2010, those were the two years i did the tour. absolutely not. >> reporter: yet today investigators tell abc news that armstrong's bloodwork from his 2009 tour de france shows clear blood manipulation consistent with banned transfusions. so why admit to some doping but not all? investigators say it's to keep within the statute of limitations for armstrong's
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biggest fear, possible criminal charges. and even though he fessed up to cheating, when it came to the human part, metering people like betsy andreu for refusing to lie, and sabotaging her husband's cycling career, many saw a lack of compassion that seemed bizarre at best. here's how he described his apology to andreu. >> i said, listen, i called you crazy, i called you a [ bleep ]. i called you these things. but i never called you fat. >> reporter: are you satisfied by anything you heard? >> no, i'm not. i'm really disappointed. here i am, i don't know if i'm stupid. willing to give him a second chance. but i think he blew it. >> reporter: tonight armstrong's lawyers will be considering that too whether his words might come back to haunt him in court. >> we're joined now by neal karlinsky who has covered this story for so long. what are his teammates saying? >> we've heard from two former teammates.
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to be fair, they still have a lot of questions for lance armstrong. but they consider the fact that he's made an admission and some apologies, a huge first step. because this is a guy who does not admit mistakes or apologize easily. >> so they've never heard him apologize before. >> no. >> so it's at least something. we'll be watching again tonight of course. and there's another story about public integrity in the news. seven years ago, this man was the face of hurricane katrina, then the mayor of new orleans fighting for his city. >> katrina was not discriminatory in its destruction. katrina created an environment where we were fighting for our lives to save people. >> today we learned he's been indicted, charged with taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, allegedly even steering katrina related contracts to his friends and associates. and if you were watching the
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markets today, you saw it. in the final minutesr minutes before the closing bell, a big rally, the dow and the s&p rocketing up to a five-year high, the highest since the earliest days of the resdetion, december 2007. in the nation's capital, the final preparations are under way for the inauguration. as many as 800,000 people expected to attend. even as the cdc has issued a new warning about the flu and being careful of crowds. today a scientist has said the flu has spread to 48 states. though we seem to be halfway through the crisis, about another six weeks to go, we wondered what about the crush of a crowd in washington? how many of those people could come home from the inauguration sick? here's abc's lisa stark. >> reporter: they're welcoming guessing with champagne and hand
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sanitizerer. the hotel is worried about the flu. >> reporter: some 600,000 people are expected to jam the nation's capital, flying in on planes, packing hotels, rubbing elbows at the balls. over the course of a flu season, as many as 20% of americans get sick. do the math. that could mean thousands of potentially infected visitors. >> a person with the flu can spread the virus to those around them. if i'm by myself, no worries. but on monday, this spot near the u.s. capitol will look like it did four years ago. packed with people who come from around the country. there's a dangerous zone. if someone neezs those droplets can spread six feet. in a packed crowd, more than a dozen people could be in harm's way. the risk is the greatest from the smallest among us. a child's sneeze can spread millions of virus particles, ten times more than an adult because
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adults have a more developed immune system. doctors say take common sense precautions, get the flu shot, wash your hands, and just as important -- >> if somebody has the flu, they're best off staying at home. they might be sick and not feel well. the best seat in the house will be on their couch. >> reporter: you'll feel better and so will everyone else. lisa stark, abc news, washington. and a reminder, george stephanopoulos and i and the whole abc news political team will be tracking every moment of the inauguration, starting sunday with this week. we hope you watch. still ahead here on "world news," a secret world revealed by the football hero hoax. take a look at another case. someone thought this was mr. right. but this is who mr. right turned out to be. were you catfished? [ stefan ] with a cold or flu, nighttime nasal congestion
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>> there are some reports that the girl who apparently so enraptured mant eight te'o was not a girl at all, but still a young man. there are a lot of open t this . but what we do know, romantic deception in the age of the internet is rampant. >> you fill in love with a blonde named abbey, but it was really this girl. >> pretty much all of it was, you know, me. just not me. >> reporter: a muscle man named scorpio turned out to be this guy. >> i'm not sure what i was thinking. >> and the chiselled jaw of jamieson king grabbed the heart of a girl named sunny it's called being a catfish. the word comes from a 2010 documentary about this well
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educated photographer from new york city for months thought he found the love of his life online. until he learned megan was actually angela. >> angela had a couple of cellphones so that he would get calls from different people. sometimes that's all it takes to believe in the whole world. >> reporter: he directed the movie which has become an mtv show. >> the internet gives us a lot of new tools. but at the root of it is the same thing. >> the root of that has been the same for centuries, just sort of loneliness and a need to connect. he and his brother have been watching the manti te'o case with keen interest. today it's been reported his girlfriend was texting him and calling him before every game, was in touch with friends and teammates. many catfish are cereal offenders, as was the case with
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jamieson king. >> we're looking for jamieson. >> hello. >> is he here? >> it's me. >> reporter: sunny learned, it was this woman who the show says had a series of victims over four years. >> as for manti te'o, we have not heard from him. a source says they want him to speak out publicly, but the ball is in his court. >> everyone waiting. thank you. coming up, watch this, a man on a snowmobile tries to outrun an avalanche. the narrow escape on tape in our index tonight. that i could smoke me for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix.
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painting 240,000 miles away, to the moon. or at least to a satellite orbiting the moon. scientists say it could mark the beginning of a whole new way of communication, which means somewhere tonight, aliens are asking, what is that woman thinking? and the super bowl just got another big jolt of star power. and here's why? ♪ this girl is on fire ♪ this girl is on fire >> you know the girl we mean. alisa keys will sing the national anthem at the big game. it's the third time she's performed at a super bowl and that is a new record for any performer. and if something makes you stop and pay attention during the day, tweet it to me at diane sawyer for the instant index. coming up next, the two glamourous funny girls who owned the week. after the party, what's their message for shy dreamers
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tonight tina fey and amy poehler take off the makeup, put on the jeans and t-shirts as they leave us with a message for all the insecure dreamers everywhere. abc's david muir has it. >> it was this week's golden moment. two best friends. two women, for the first time hosting the golden globes. >> tina and i are also both nominees tonight. thank you. [ applause ] >> i just want to say i very much hope they win. >> thank you. >> reporter: their ratings, the highest for that show in nearly a decade. >> meryl streep is not here tonight. she has the flu. and i hear she's amazing in it. >> reporter: their's is a friendship that's been making us laugh for years. the first female team on "snl's" weekend update. fey, the first female head writer. and returning to "snl" to famously play sarah palin.
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>> are we not doing the talent portion? [ laughter ] >> reporter: and amy poehler has hillary clinton. >> oh, well, my ears are ringing. >> i do want the earrings back. [ laughter ] >> do i really laugh like that? >> i think both of us probably wouldn't have known that are lives would be where they are now. i met tina in '90 -- 19 years we've been friends. hold on, let me get this right for diane. do not want diane to fact check this on me. >> reporter: barbara asked about all of the unhappiness you hear in the world of comedy. >> how come you're not a neurotic mess? >> my experience has been that the women that i've met in comedy are much less of that. they're good daughters. they were good students. their only act of rebellion is doing sketch comedy. >> reporter: this message poehler posted just this week on
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youtube. >> this question comes from katie. i so easily believe negativity. >> this is a good question and a good one for 2013. negativity is something people fight all the time. we all night it. we often are so negative with yourself. when someone gives you a compliment, like you're smart, or funny, or i like your shoes -- try just saying thank you. period. >> reporter: and from tina fey, a simple hope, first delivered when she won the interpret tijious mark twane award for humor. >> apparently i'm only the third woman to receive this award. but i do hope women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are at things. [ applause ] >> reporter: and when that counting no longer counts, there will be two women among those two thank. >> okay! >> way to go, tina fey and amy
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poehl poehler, our persons of the week. we thank you for watching. we're always working for you at "nightline" at its new time, 12:35 a.m. tonight. david muir will be here all this weekend as we remind you, i'll see you at the inauguration on sunday and monday. and we remember aretha franklin and her hat at the first inaugural four years ago for the obama presidency and family. ♪ my country tis of thee ♪ sweet land of liberty ♪ of thee i sing ♪ land where my father died ♪ land of the pilgrims' pride
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